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The strong and steadfast women of yoreThe Torah readings at this time of year are some of the most intriguing and defining of the year. The Israelites are standing at Sinai experiencing...read more...
Visiting the stoneIn the beginning, we’d go often. On her birthday, on Mother’s Day, before Yom Kippur and, sometimes, just because. We’d huddle...read more...
Another take on controversial cartoonPrime Minister Stephen Harper’s recent trip to Israel was triumphal. At a time when Israelis frequently feel criticized, boycotted, abandoned,...read more...
An expiry date for ‘never again’?Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s recent trip to the Land of Israel, our Eretz Yisrael, appeared to be a mission, a Haj of sorts, a trip he saved...read more...
Israel is coming to Reform JudaismAnat Hoffman is arguably Israel’s best known and most effective social activist. What for her admirers is her claim to fame is for her...read more...
A new look at day school fundingLast March, I described two parallel challenges facing Jewish day schools: financial sustainability and affordability. I wrote the article at the...read more...
Pressure Russia on gay rightsThe 2014 Winter Olympics open in Sochi, Russia, on Feb. 7. Russia will attempt to present itself on the international stage as a modern, democratic...read more...
From a parent of a sick childDear Ella, This year hasn’t started out all that well. The day before the ice storm last month, Emily, my nine-year-old, took sick. She was...read more...
Cloning just feels wrongIn my book club, we read some books with Jewish themes or authors, as well as others that have no Jewish connection, yet we always end up in...read more...
Who’s Orthodox now?The truth is that, for better or worse, pretty much all of us are orthodox these days. I know that comes as disappointing news to many, if not most....read more...

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